Symantec
August 2009
| Quarterly Newsletter
This quarter's focus: Diversity & Inclusion
The under-representation of women and minorities in technical and leadership positions is an ongoing challenge for our company and industry. Women, for example, currently comprise approximately 28 percent of Symantecís workforce, consistent with womenís representation in the industry as a whole. Through our womenís initiative and other programs, however, we are working to enhance Symantecís culture of diversity and inclusion: hiring of women is up by two percent and turnover of women is down by 1.2 percent globally (reflecting an annual comparison of the years ending December 2007 vs. December 2008). Symantec recognizes that a proactive and deliberate approach is needed to attract and retain diverse talent and to compete effectively.

Please click through this newsletter to learn more about how Symantec is promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Director Geraldine Laybourne shares her perspective
Geraldine Laybourne, founder of Oxygen Media, currently sits on Symantec's Board of Directors. Read her perspective on the value of diversity in the workplace.
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Results of the 2009 Diversity & Inclusion Survey
More than 8,000 employees participated in the 2009 Diversity & Inclusion survey. Read about the results here.
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What would you do?
Answer this quarter's survey question, and see the results from last quarter's survey here.
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2009 Corporate Equality Index

Symantec received a 100 percent score in the Human Rights Campaign 2009 Corporate Equality Index, compared with its score of 85 percent in the previous yearís index. Based on surveys and third-party research, the Corporate Equality Index is a leading measure of the treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees in American businesses. In 2009, 260 companies received a score of 100 percent, up from 195 companies in 2008 and 13 companies when the study was first completed in 2002.


Symantec pursuing family-friendly certification in Japan

Symantecís Diversity and Inclusion Council in Japan is working toward the KURUMIN certification, a government certification given to companies that have implemented family-friendly working arrangements. In an effort to meet the certificationís criteria, Symantec has implemented paternity leave, offers babysitting discount coupons, and sends a Diversity and Inclusion Council member to monthly best practice-sharing meetings with other companies. Family-friendly work environments are of great interest to the Japanese government, because of the countryís rapidly decreasing birth rates.


University Relations initiative helps recruit diverse candidates
Symantec is instituting new recruiting programs to help ensure a diverse pool of candidates.
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Partner Spotlight: Calvert Women's Principles
Learn more about how Symantec is partnering with Calvert Women's Principles, an organization providing signatories with a concrete set of indicators for tracking progress toward gender equality and justice within their companies.
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